I am waiting to hear back from grad schools for ACS and I'm working with some on tuition reduction. I thought it might be helpful to tell them about FAOs who have gone on to do great things. Does anyone have some good examples of successful FAOs in history?
MAJ Mike Burgoyne 48B
Thanks to everyone for the input. I finished the application process and I started at Georgetown’s Security Studies Program a few months ago. I posted my AAR and a draft FAO info packet on the FAO ICT AKO site https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/608701
If I can figure out how to attach a document I’ll post the info packet here as well. I recommend that FAOs applying for ACS take the ppt version and adjust it to fit their needs and include it with applications or use it during interviews with schools.
I found during the ACS application process and in general that people don’t have a solid understanding of what a FAO is and what a FAO can accomplish. The GO issue stems from this problem. I firmly believe that FAOs are (or will be) the cornerstone of our defensive strategy against transnational threats. The distinguished list of FAOs here are more than just “cultural experts” or “tea drinkers” they are generalists in every sense of the word. FAOs navigate the interagency to create synergy within their AO, develop and execute security assistance missions, advise and assist host nation campaign planning, and they identify both state level and transnational threats. All of this is done across the war fighting functions and services both US and host nation.
We as FAOs need to be able to market ourselves not just to grad schools but to the rest of the defense community.